A filmmaker who was in the process of shooting a Gregg Allman biographical movie has pleaded guilty to several criminal offenses for his role in the death of a camerawoman that occurred on the set of his film. According to a national news report, last February a freight train that was traveling around 55 mph rammed into the crew while they were filming on a Georgia railroad. Unfortunately, a young assistant was killed and six other members of the crew were also injured.
Wayne County state officials brought charges against the filmmaker, his wife, and their executive producer in relation to the death of the young crew member. The jury was set to determine whether this was a criminal act or just an unfortunate accident, and they faced over 10 years in a Georgia prison for criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter. However, shortly before trial the defendants entered into a plea agreement whereby they would all avoid prison time.
The railroad company that owns and operates the bridge where the accident occurred explained that they denied the film crew access to the bridge. The executive producer testified in a related civil case that he was told that only 1-2 trains passed on the bridge a day, likely trying to establish that they did not recklessly put their crew in danger.